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Metal Head Christmas Party &
Annual Winter Steelhead Clinic

Especially YOU Are Invited !!!
December 12, Saturday, 9:00am-4:00pm
Metal Head Christmas Party &
Annual Winter Steelhead Clinic
A new winter steelhead season is here for celebration!
Share A Day With These These Folks:


Mark Bachmann


Patty Barnes


John Jones


Josh Linn

Eric Neufeld is a factory representative for Sage, Solitude
Eric Neufeld


Kerry Burkheimer

George Cook  is a factory representative for Sage, Simms, Rio, Tibor, Action Optics, Solitude
George Cook


Mike Perusse


Brian Silvey

Jim teeny will sign books
Jim Teeny


Cullen Whisenhunt


Hawkeye Hawkins

Come meet the Company Reps:

Dick Sagara: TFO, Teeny
George Cook: Sage, Rio, Tibor, Solitude
Eric Neufeld: Simms
Mike Perusse: G. Loomis
Garry Sandstrom: Hardy, T&T, Waterworks
Kerry Burkheimer: C.F. Burkheimer
Come meet the Guides & Instructors:
Mark Bachmann
Josh Linn
Mike Kinney
Brian Silvey
Hawkeye Hawkins
Cullen Whisenhunt
Ted Neely
Slide Shows & Demonstrations
Mark Bachmann - Winter Steelhead Fly Fishing 101 - 10:00-11:00 a.m.
George Cook - Choosing The Right Spey Line - 11:00- noon
Barbeque lunch will be served: Noon - 1:30.
Eric Neufeld - Fly Fishing For Kings - 1:30-2:00 p.m.
 Josh Linn - Winter Steelhead Secrets To Success - 2:00-2:30 p.m.

Fly Tying Demonstrations: 
This region's most experienced steelhead guides to tie their most favorite winter steelhead fly.

Hawkeye Hawkins - The Hawkeye Special - 9:00-9:15
Josh Linn - Stinger Flies  - 9:15-9:30
Brian Kite - Pick 'Yer Pocket - 9:30-9:45
Cullen Whisenhunt - F.I.T.S. Turbo Cones - 9:45-10:00
Mark Bachmann - Tube Fly vs. Stinger - 2:30-2:45
 Brian Silvey - Tube Snake - 2:45-3:00
Ted Neely - Tiger Leech - 3:15-3:30

Party At: The Fly Fishing Shop - Welches, OR
This will be the best party in Welches, Oregon: December 12, 2009 !!!

 This agenda is still under construction. Check back often !!!


Barra de Navidad, in a Mexican Paradise
My oldest son, Troy Bachmann keeps a 26' bluewater fly fishing boat called the "Dream Catcher" at Barra de Navida, Mexico. We have fished with him many times over the last several years. Around Barra, the warm waters of the Pacific Ocean offer up a splendid assortment of both pelagic and near-shore species of saltwater sport fish. This year we arrived at Barra on 11/21 and left 11/24. We like to get on the water early, like a quarter 'til oh dark thirty. Many of the game fish around Barra have large eyes indicating that they are equipped for low light conditions. Our first morning we had a steady bite from Skipjack Tuna. They were feeding on very small bait. If you fish Pacific Mexico in the fall, I would encourage you to add some smaller flies to your assortment.
Troy Bachmann
The last day we glided into a shallow cove and Troy caught the big Jack Crevelle on a #2 Deep Eyed Minnow. The last time we were at Barra, was November, 2005. The water temperature was an unseasonably cold 74-degrees instead of the average 78-82. This trip the water temperature was the warmest we have ever encountered in saltwater at 86.5-degrees.
Patty Barnes with a Horse Eye Jack
About a dozen Horse Eye Jacks were daintily sipping like trout, but in a saltwater line-foam.
Bigeye scad inhabit the near shore waters along the Mexican Pacific Coast...Click for som cool video...
We get a big kick out of examining, identifying and photographing the bait that big fish feed on.
The beach at Barra
Barra is a seaside town in a tropical paradise. If you ever get to Barra, you might want to stay at  Cabo Blanco, and have a Grande size glass of fresh squeezed orange juice while sitting next to the rail overlooking the beach from Bananas' balcony. About 01/15/10, we plan on doing it again.

A Free Fly Line Installed On Every Abel Super Reel.
Get any one-piece Rio fly line listed in our online store, or Skagit Flight Head and shooting line Spey set-up and up to 300-yards of backing installed on your new Abel Super Reel for free until 01/01/2010.
We will have a "MONSTER DISPLAY" of ABEL REELS at the PARTY !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
ONE DAY ONLY, December 12, EXTRA 10% OFF any Abel Super Reel
Or you might say, "A SUPER REEL DEAL !!!"   A Super Deal for YOU !!!
Please add your free fly line choice to your shopping cart order.
Any Rio line in the Lines for Single-Hand Rods column qualifies.
We will adjust the price on your order. Click for Fly Lines here...
Aluminum Handles Double Pawl Optional Colors Optional Engraving FREE Backing!
Abel Offers Twelve Super Series Models.
Ten models come in both Large and Standard Arbor configurations for total AdaptABELity.
3N 5N 8 10 12W 13
4 7 9 11 12X 14
Abel Super Reels
  • Abel craftsmanship and quality are legendary!
  • 2009 marks the 10th year Abel has made Large Arbor Super Series Reels.
  • Reel frame, spool, drag knob and foot are 6061-T651 cold finished aerospace grade aluminum.
  • Teflon sealed bearings are ISO9001:2000 and AS9100 Certified FAA TSO C149 Aircraft Bearings.
  • Cork Drag System is made entirely in the Abel factory. They use a superior high grade Portuguese cork with a little neatís-foot oil on it.
  • Double Pawl System: Super Series reel sizes 7 and larger are built with our recently upgraded double pawl system. Advantages include: increased reliability, back-up strength and unique sound.
  • Made in the USA.
  • FlexABELity = System designed to interchange both Large and Standard Arbor spools into the identical frame. Every frame in the Super Series, Anti-Reverse Series and Abel Creek Series now accepts both Large and Standard Arbor spools.
  • FlexABELity sets may be purchased at significant savings compared to the same reel and spool purchased separately.

We have a lot of experience with Abel Reels...Mark Bachmann & Eulogio Davis Sanchez, Sea of Cortez, Baja, Mexico...
Abel Reels are simple and tough...

We have a lot of experience with Abel Reels...Mark Bachmann & Eulogio Davis Sanchez, Sea of Cortez, Baja, Mexico...

All Abel anodized aluminum products are shipped "Black Coral" color
unless specified as different:
However, Many Abel Products Are Available In Exclusive Anodized Colors
Now you can customize your Abel Product On-Line.
Click the buttons below to add colors to your Abel Products.

Abel Reels are available in a number unique and distinctive color patterns.  These colors are not paint that can flake off or change color with age.  These colors are put into the metal through a chemical process called anodizing.  They are permanent and beautiful.  Each Graphic and Scenic reel is totally unique and no two are exactly the same.  Each is custom made.  Allow four weeks for delivery.
Solid Colors
Your pick of eleven delicious colors.
Artistic Graphic
Three or four colors in unique graphic patterns.
Fish Graphic
James Prosek's magnificent fish art
Scenic
Unique fishing scenes on your reel.

Nymph Fishing, a workshop with Rick Hafele and Dave Hughes.
Rick Hafele, author of Nymph Fishing Rivers and Streams
and
Dave Hughes, author of Nymphs for Streams & Stillwaters
Dave Hughes Rick Hafele

Rick covers nymph rigging and tactics to suit all of the situations you might ever encounter in nymphing:  on streams and rivers, spring creeks and tailwaters, lakes and ponds. Learn to choose the right rig, and fish the right method, to catch trout from whatever water you find yourself fishing.

Dave covers nymph pattern selection, with emphasis on an essential box of searching nymphs, another of imitative nymphs, and a third for stillwater situations. You'll learn about the insects and other trout foods that nymphs imitate. You'll learn to select the right nymph, or pair of them, to suit the situation and please the trout.

A question and answer session assures that you'll get to hear about problems that have been bugging you in your own nymphing. This workshop is suitable if you're interested in improving your nymph fishing, increasing your catch, and having more fun doing it. You'll get a lot out of it whether you're a beginner, intermediate, or expert angler.

Don't miss this opportunity to spend time with two experts in the field of fly fishing for trout, a chance that comes rarely, and one that you're not likely to get again. You'll learn a lot about nymphing. You'll also have a lot of fun.

Rick Hafele, in addition to authoring the best-selling Nymph Fishing Rivers & Streams, is well-known for his series of Nymph Fishing DVDs with John Smeraglio. He is also the talent in the classic Scientific Anglers video 'Anatomy of a Trout Stream'.

Dave Hughes, in addition to authoring the recent Nymphs for Streams & Stillwaters,  is best known for his more than 20 books about fly fishing for trout, including Nymph Fishing, Trout Flies, American Fly Tying Manual, and Essential Trout Flies.

Rick and Dave together are co-authors of the classic book Western Hatches and Western Mayfly Hatches. Rick and Dave's books will be available for sale at the workshop. They will also be glad to autograph any books you already own.

Date: February 20, 2010
Time:  10am to 4pm with a lunch break from roughly 12:00 to 1:00
Location: The Fly Fishing Shop
Price (pre-registered): $50     (at the door): $60
Space is limited; pre-registration is recommended.
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NYMPH-WORK Nymph Fishing, a workshop with Rick Hafele and Dave Hughes, February 20, at The Fly Fishing Shop, per person $50


Monster South Carolina Reds
David Walker sent us this extraordinary picture below. We requested more information and David has allowed us to share it with all of you.
David Walker and Justi Campa
David is the guy in the orange.  These big Redfish pushed their 12wts to the limit.
The guide was Sarah Gardner. Sarah with her husband Brian Horsley are the most prominent of the fly fishing guides in the outer banks area of North Carolina. There web site is:  http://www.outerbanksflyfishing.com/.
My fishing partner for this particular trip was Justi Campa. Justi is a well known fishing guide from Argentina and currently lives in Cahrlottesville, VA. Justi 's web site: is:  http://www.flyfishingpatagonia.com/
This trip started off in Harkers Island, NC. Harkers Island is probably one of the first fishing villages to embrace sport fishing. It is located on the tip of a barrier Island approximately twenty miles from Beaufort, NC. It also houses the headquarters for the Cape Lookout National Seashore( National Park Service).
Our fishing dates were for three days beginning November 23 thru Nov 25. Weather forecasts were not good. Heavy rain and wind were forecast for the Outer Banks. This is not an area where one takes chances. Sarah's boat is a Jones Brothers 23 foot light tackle edition. These boats are very seaworthy and can take more weather then most fisherman!
The first two days of fishing were spent chasing birds to the south along the beach. The False Albacore, which had been in abundance appeared to have settled down and not doing much in the way of bait chasing. Usually you can find big bait balls with plenty of action. We were collecting a few blue fish and a few Albies but nothing to make one wish to stay out in the rain and the wind. It was not possible to get to the other side of the huge Cape Lookout shoal.
On the third day the weather cleared and Sarah told us that she and her husband were going out to search for some of the big "Bull' reds that had been showing near an offshore wreck. Also as an added bonus the weather forecast was not bad for the morning but did not look promising for the afternoon. So at  0700 local time we set off to cross the shoal and big tidal rip to work our way out to the wreck. On the way out we began to see birds diving and these were Pelicans which were a good indication of some big bait in the area. We had rehearsed the drill for these big Red Drum if we found them. Basically drop everything. Grab the two 12wt Sage Xi3's with Sage 6010 reels loaded with the RIO 600 grain sinking line and start shaking the line out to get it sinking as fast as possible. We were using Captain Sarah's flies which resembled Menhaden or Thread Fin Herring.
Sarah had also had warned us that if she saw these fish on the Furuno sounder we were to get things going and not be worried by her extreme enthusiasm! 
Well about half mile from the buoy marking the wreck we got the message. Gear in the water now! Justi was first to hook up. His rod looked like a closed C. I was looking at my line and all of a sudden it began moving. I hand struck the fish and made several heavy hand tugs. These fish don't run. They just move like a bus. There is no way you can initially control the fish. You just hang on and hope sharks don't get involved.
Well after about fifteen minutes things settled down to a tug of war. Each fish went behind boat. To keep our fly lines from tangling in each other, we tried to force these massive Reds to go in opposite directions. Eventually after a few angler/line collisions we got the fish to the surface and the picture shows the result. These fish are hardy but should be returned to the water as soon as possible. One of these big female Reds had to have her swim bladder punctured. This is not harmful if done correctly.
Now for the advice. Don't do winter offshore fishing without good instruction. Weather can turn against you in minutes not hours. If you are not sure of your boating skills hire a guide/captain. Use the very best tackle you can afford. Check all knots ,etc. If you are not too happy with your casting seek professional guidance. It is a lot more fun when you know what you are doing.
Best,
David


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